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BODEGAS GORMAZ (RIBERA DEL DUERO)

Region: Castilla y León
Appellation: D.O. Ribera del Duero
City: San Esteban de Gormaz
Winery GPS Coordinates: 41.566181, -3.178420

OVERVIEW

Modern winemaking facility controlling the majority of vineyard acreage in Ribera del Duero’s upriver province of Soria. Soria retains the region’s highest remaining percentage of old, head-pruned Tempranillo vines, often ungrafted. Winemaking focus is upon complex, elegant albeit unoaked red wine with ample structure and minerality.

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HISTORY

Having pioneered the founding and international market penetration of Spain's Ribera del Duero region from the early 1980s, it is CLASSICAL WINES' distinct privilege to discover and introduce the Tempranillo from Bodegas Gormaz. A former cooperative, this recently-privatized company controls the majority of vines in Ribera del Duero's Soria province, the highest and least exploited of the region's subdistricts. Remaining just outside the focus of major commercial development, the vineyards here have not undergone restructuring, being for the most part 50 years of age and older and commonly propagated from vine to vine in the prephylloxeric "promiscuous" manner.

In former times, Soria was known for its claretes (dry rosé), resulting from a mixture of red and white grapes. Now the Tempranillo is separated from the white varieties, and the old-vine reds can be equal in structure and power to those from Peñafiel, Pesquera de Duero or Roa.

2004 was a superb vintage in northern Spain, and Viña Gormaz Tempranillo displays huge concentration, with ripe yet bright fruit. While immensely enjoyable for its youthful power, it is a wine that will also benefit from a few years in bottle.

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PRESS

Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2013) - "Vivid ruby-red. Redcurrant and cherry scents are lifted by suggestions of cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Tangy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavor that slowly put on weight as the wine opens with air. Finishes with good energy and cut, dusty tannins and a repeating note of bitter redcurrant."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Dec 29, 2015

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2012) - "Deep ruby. Pungent, expressive aromas of dark berries, cherry and violet, with a suave floral overtone. Smooth and appealing sweet, offering fresh blackberry and cherry flavors that firm up with air. Shows very good clarity on the finish, which features supple tannins and an exotic violet pastille nuance. These vines are reportedly over 50 years old."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2011) - "From Ribera del Duero. Viña Gormaz is 100% Tempranillo from 50-year-old-plus dry-farmed gnarly vines and it never sees oak once. It’s fermented in neutral cement tanks and relies solely on the incredible fruit to create a powerful, minerally, well-structured wine. This is a red wine for quaffing and although it tastes great with grilled meat, it's also a good sipping wine. Amazing stuff. "


Wes Marshall, Austin Chronicle, May 2, 2014

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2011) - "Give this time in the glass for tinto fino’s red fruit to overtake the oak. Then it’s lively and delicious, with a crystal clarity to its fruit. It may be simple, but it’s delicious to drink."

89 Points
Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2013

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2010) - "Classic young Tempranillo aromas of cooked strawberries and plums, with a rustic earthy quality over light anise and chocolate. Fresh and ripe flavors of blackberry and cherry, with notes of cassis. Soft tannins and a touch of sweet fruit on the finish. Good house pour. Jamón serrano."


Santé, Sep 1, 2012

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2010) - "With its deliciously juicy flavors of blackberries and cherries, this Ribera does not hold back. The texture is smooth and gentle, the wine balanced and lovely in its simplicity."

89 Points
Wine & Spirits, Jun 1, 2012

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2009) - "From Ribera del Duero's Soria province, the highest altitude in the D.O. and least-developed of the region's sub-districts, Viña Gormaz 2009 excelled from one of the best and longest growing seasons. The vines are old and head-pruned, resulting in a wine that is simple in style but possessing great acidity and generous fruit."


The Tasting Panel, Jun 1, 2011

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2009) - "Vivid purple. Primary dark berry aromas, with a hint of white pepper. Grapey and uncomplicated but still extremely young and in need of bottle aging. Finishes with good length and lingering notes of spice and black raspberry."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2008) - "The Viña Gormaz Tempranillo has a medium ruby hue and aromas of red berry fruit. Soft on the attack, it offers fresh red berry fruit on the palate, round tannins and a firm finish. It offers easy, pleasant drinking."

87 Points
Michael Potashnik, i-winereview.com, Jul 6, 2010

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2009) - "Bodegas Gormaz’s unoaked 2009 Tempranillo is purple-colored with aromas of pencil lead, spice box, and blackberry. Flavorful and mouth-filling, it is a substantial effort that is also an excellent value. Drink it over the next 4-5 years."

88 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2007) - "Vina Gormaz 2007 is a flat-out bargain for the quality. Dense, supple and made from 50-year-old tempranillo vines, it delivers the plum and earth notes that make Ribera del Duero reds so rewarding."


Matt Kramer, The Oregonian, Feb 23, 2009

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2006) - "Dark purple. Primary dark berry aromas are complicated by musky earth and dark chocolate. Tarry cherry and cassis flavors are gently tannic and finish sweet. Straightforward, ready to drink and tasty. A great buy, too."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 27, 2007

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2006) - "Bodegas Gormaz is a former co-op in the prestigious Ribera del Duero wine region, and this remarkable tempranillo is produced from 50+-year-old, ungrafted vines. Unoaked, dense and wild, it delivers mouth-filling berry and currant flavors supported by naturally tangy acids and supple hints of mineral. The 2005 version got a rave review in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate; this is a worthy follow-up."

Pick of the Week
Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times, Sep 5, 2007

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2005) - "The 2005 Viña Gormaz displays a lovely dark ruby youthful color with aromas of crushed red berries and hints of citrus. On the palate it is medium-bodied and has ripe fruit, excellent balance and good grip on the finish. Great value. "

88 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 31, 2007

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Castillo de Gormaz Crianza (2004) - "Ruby-red. Smoky cherry and blackberry aromas are straightforward and a touch jammy. Juicy dark berry flavors display a silky texture, with no obvious tannins or herbacity. Finishes clean, sweet and persistent."

87 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2005) - "The 2005 Vina Gormaz Tempranillo, produced from 50+-year-old ungrafted Tempranillo vines, is as good a value as exists from the D.O. of Ribera del Duero. This unoaked wine is dark ruby-colored with aromas of earth, spice, mineral, plum, and black currants. This is followed by a medium-bodied, ripe wine, with layered flavors, light tannin, and good balance. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. Buy this one by the case! "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 1, 2007

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2004) - "The last red had us all guessing Beaujolais, but it was a Spanish wine, a 2004 tempranillo from Bodegas Gormaz in Ribera del Duero, lightly fruity with mineral flavors... Earthy and direct, with clear fruit and mineral flavors."


Eric Asimov, The New York Times, The Risk-Free Pleasures of $10 Bottles, Sep 6, 2006

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Viña Gormaz Tempranillo (2004) - "Very rich, fresh black picota cherry, blueberry, and coca with a long flavorful, nutty finish. Great value. [Serve with] lamb steak; pizza; and grilled food. Excellent by-the-glass choice"


Gerry Dawes, Santé Magazine, Sep 1, 2006

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